January 29, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of SHINING
TIME STATION's debut. To celebrate this milestone, we're asking fans to submit essays to share how and when
your learned of the show, what you remember most about it, along with explaining why SHINING TIME STATION is so special.
All entrants' names will be entered into a draw where you
have a chance to win a Schmid SHINING TIME STATION picture frame (new and in original box). All Entries will be posted on
our special 25th Anniversary page once the conpetition closes and the winner announced.
COMPETITION CLOSES APRIL 30th, 2014
Email essays to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "STS 25th COMPETITION" in the subject line
*competition banner adapted from artwork submitted by Sanjay Das
A total of 7 essays were sent in by fans. As mentioned earlier,
the winner would be drawn at random from the names entered for all entrants. I used www.randomresult.com 's "Pick Items" to select one of the 7 names entered.
We're pleased to announce the winning entry for the STS
Picture Frame is:
Congratulations Sam and a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANKS to everyone who shared
their memories and sentiments about SHINING TIME STATION. All 7 essays have been posted to the mini-site's 25th Anniversary
OK folks, it's auction time again
to raise money for worthy charitable causes, and this time, we have a treat for you. We have a set of books, representing
Thomas through the ages signed by the UK voice cast of the CGI Thomas and Friends series. As well as a special copy of Day
of the Diesels, signed by the UK voice cast and former Head Writer, Sharon Miller!
We owe a huge debt of thanks to Ben Small (Voice of Thomas, Toby, Ferdinand, Owen and Rheneas)
who has gone out of his way to help organise this, and got his friends / colleagues in the voice cast to sign the books for
us. Keith Wickham (Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, The Fat Controller, Percy and various others), Matt Wilkinson
(Spencer, Victor, Diesel 10, Kevin, Charlie and various others.) and Theresa Gallagher (Emily, Rosie, Lady
Hatt, Belle and various other female characters) have all graciously signed the books along with Ben, and we are very grateful.
will go on eBay individually so that everyone has a chance to own some Thomas & Friends signed merchandise. We will ship
these worldwide, so if you're in Australia, USA, Canada, Japan or anywhere else in the world, these are available to you too!
items will be available on ebay until Saturday 26th of June at 6pm (UK Time) and available through our sif_auctions account.
The original Railway Series
book that brought Thomas to the world, Thomas The Tank Engine, has been signed
by Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Tersea Gallagher.
All proceeds for Thomas The Tank
Engine will go to Great Ormond Street Hospital.
the model era of Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends is the storybook for Toby Had A Little Lamb.
Again, it is signed by Ben Small (who voices Toby in the TV Series), Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher
from Toby Had A Little Lamb will go to Unicef UK
The brand new
CGI Thomas & Friends series is represented by this book - Thomas & The Shortcut,
which is part of the 10-minute tale series. It is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa
All proceeds from Thomas
& The Shortcut will go to Clic Sargent Children's Cancer Charity.
For the popular Thomas Story Library books, we decided
to throw in Rheneas - who Ben will be voicing in the upcoming Thomas & Friends special, Blue Mountain Mystery! It is signed
by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher
All proceeds from Rheneas will go to The Railway Children Charity
And as an added bonus, Ben and the guys have flung
in a copy of the 2010 Thomas & Friends Annual. It is signed by voice artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson
and Theresa Gallagher
All proceeds from Thomas & Friends Annual 2010 will
go to Save The Children UK
The Day of the Diesels book is signed by voice
artists Ben Small, Keith Wickham, Matt Wilkinson and Theresa Gallagher - as well as voice director and former Head Writer,
Sharon Miller, who penned the 2011 Special! In addition, Ben's thrown in a Diesel take-along toy for good measure and signed
All proceeds from the Day Of The Diesels book and additional Diesel toy will go to The
National Autistic Society.
will celebrate 10 years online on the 4th of December - to say thank you to all our friends, members, supporters and visitors,
we're giving you the chance to win big!
Star Prize includes a Take 'n' Play Great Quarry Climb Playset, four
Take 'n' Play toys, and a copy of the 2013 Thomas & Friends Annual!
Two runners up will receive a Take
'n' Play toy (either Luke or a Yellow Victor) and a 2013 Annual each.
To enter the competition, we would like you to tell us about
a special Thomas moment in your life. Have the characters or stories brought you or your child some comfort in
a time of crisis or sadness? Are there moments you and your family look back on with great affection where Thomas and
his friends hold special memories?
Whether it's been a fantastic family day out where Thomas was involved,
playing with toys, watching the stories on television, enjoying the stories in books with a loved one, or a time
in your family's history where the characters and stories were a comfort to you, we want to hear about the times you've cried,
laughed, smiled and became excited about Thomas and his friends.